Lepanthes scapha Luer & Hirtz 1996 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Mucronatae Luer 1996 Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Boat Lepanthes [refers to the shape of the appendix]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Imbabura Ecuador at elevations around 1250 to 1700 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with an erect to suberect, very slender ramicaul enveloped by 7 to 12, close fitting, glabrous lepanthiform sheaths with microscopically ciliate ostia carrying a single, apical, spreading , thinly coriaceous, narrowly ovate, acute to long-attenuate, rounded and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the early summer on 2, dimorphic, filiform, congested, distichous, one .64" the other .32 to .6" [ .8 to 1.5 cm] long, successively several flowered inflorescence arising on top of the leaf with lightly echinate floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Luer 1996 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide